RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s highest courtroom dominated Thursday that the town of can take down two statues of Accomplice generals, together with certainly one of Robert E. Lee that grew to become the main target of a violent White nationalist rally in 2017.
The state Supreme Courtroom overturned a Circuit Courtroom resolution in favor of a bunch of residents who sued to dam the town from taking down the Lee statue and a close-by monument to fellow Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Charlottesville’s metropolis council voted to take away each.
White supremacist and neo-Nazi organizers of the August 2017 “Unite the Proper” rally in Charlottesville mentioned they went to the town to defend the statue of Lee. They clashed with counterprotesters earlier than a person plowed his automotive right into a crowd of individuals, killing a girl. The Jackson statue was erected in Jackson Park in 1921 and the Lee statue was erected in Lee Park in 1924.
In Thursday’s resolution, State Supreme Courtroom Justice Bernard Goodwyn mentioned each statues have been erected lengthy earlier than the passage of a legislation regulating the “disturbance of or interference with” conflict memorials or monuments.
“In different phrases, (the legislation) didn’t present the authority for the Metropolis to erect the Statues, and it doesn’t prohibit the Metropolis from disturbing or interfering with them,” Goodwyn wrote.